Electric trucks are finally here, and more are on the way in 2022 and beyond. We’re talking about the biggest names in automotive, from Ford and Chevrolet to Tesla and many others. But as they always say, “the best is yet to come,” so let’s take a look at the most exciting upcoming EV pickups.
Trucks are the most popular vehicles in the United States, and the arrival of electric pickup trucks could widen the gap. Now that the Rivian R1T and Hummer EV trucks are available, we’re seeing new capabilities and new owners in the truck segment.
Update, 4/28/22: We’ve updated this article to verify the content is up to date, including the F-150 Lightning production launch, and added more links and text for several picks.
Ford F-150 Lightning
Chevy Silverado EV
GMC Sierra EV
Ram 1500 EV
Toyota Tacoma EV
Ford F-150 Lightning
America loves pickups, and that’s especially true with the Ford F-150 series. It’s the number one best-selling vehicle in the United States and the top-selling truck for 45 years in a row. As a result, there’s tons of excitement around the new Ford F-150 Lightning EV.
Ford initially announced the F-150 Lightning would retail for under $40k, and in late April it delivered on that promise, with production kicking off at a starting price of $39,974. With standard all-wheel-drive and electric motors on each axle, the F-150 Lightning gets power from a standard 98.0-kWh battery pack, or buyers can upgrade to a 131.0-kWh unit. The base model offers 230-miles of range and 426 horsepower, while the higher trim is capable of the promised 300-miles per charge. However, an extended-range truck starts at a far more expensive $52,000.
We’ve seen reports that the F-150 Lightning could far exceed those range numbers initially promised, but we’ll have to wait and see. Ford says it used a conservative mileage rating to take range anxiety out of the equation, and the 300-mile estimate is with 1,000 lbs of cargo in the bed. If true, the F-150 Lightning could offer a range above 400 miles.
The all-new Ford F-150 Lightning is a big deal for Ford and a big deal to the overall truck segment, and we can’t wait to see it hit the streets. We’re expecting deliveries in May, and Ford plans to make nearly 80,000 in the next year.
Due to overwhelming demand, the company halted reservations as it tries to ramp up production. You can order one today, but we’re not sure when it’ll arrive.
Chevy Silverado EV
While GM already released its Hummer EV, Chevrolet isn’t far behind and unveiled the all-new Silverado EV in early 2022. With a stylish new design, plenty of power, and production to start in early 2023, this is another truck to keep an eye on.
The Silverado EV was “designed from the ground up to drive circles around the competition,” and the company aims to be a leader in the EV space. According to GM’s CEO, Mary Barra, the Silverado EV should offer nearly 400-miles per charge, tons of exclusive features, and be “unmatched” when you compare all it has to offer vs. the competition.
Chevy recently partnered with California, to potentially use its Silverado E and other upcoming EVs to power homes and help reduce strain on the power grid during emergencies. There’s a lot of exciting stuff happening around electric vehicles.
With a sleek design, all-wheel drive, 4-wheel steering, and plenty of range, Ford and Tesla have their work cut out.
With a unique look unlike anything we’ve seen before, the Tesla Cybertruck is a polarizing electric truck, and here’s everything we know so far. What to expect from the Cybertruck is well-documented at this point. It’s huge, powerful, fast, sports a bare steel design, bullet-proof windows, and has seen delay after delay.
Initially set to arrive in 2021 for around $39,999, the latest comments from Elon Musk confirms Tesla won’t even begin production until 2023.
Since first being announced in 2019, a lot has changed in the EV space. The Rivian R1T truck has several neat features like crab walk and 4-wheel steering, both of which Elon Musk recently confirmed Tesla would add to the Cybertruck.
If Tesla’s Cybertruck can genuinely deliver on its promise of towing 14,000 lbs, getting 500-miles per charge, and everything else, it’ll outclass the F-150 Lightning and Silverado EV. That said, with such a late arrival, we could see Ford already working on upgrades to its F-150 to take on or one-up Tesla.
Whenever the Cybertruck eventually gets released, it’ll be a big deal.
GMC Sierra EV
While we could have notched the GMC Sierra EV in with the Silverado EV, they’re not the same truck. Yes, they’ll have similar design cues and likely offer the same electrical components and specs, but we won’t know for sure until the company shares more information. The one teaser image above looks nothing like the Silverado EV from the front.
At the end of 2021, GMC shared its first teaser images of the GMC Sierra Denali EV. GMC will officially unveil the electric truck sometime in 2022, plans to build it in Michigan, and it’ll eventually hit the streets in 2023. The Sierra EV will use GM’s Ultium battery packs to provide up to 400 miles of range. It’ll likely pack all the same features as the Silverado, albeit in a more luxurious and expensive package. We won’t know more until later this year once it makes an official debut.
Next up is an EV brand many people have never heard of, but they have an exciting truck on the way. Lordstown Motors is a startup EV company similar to Rivian, only they’ve faced a lot of trouble and financial hurdles along the way.
Initially intended as a fleet vehicle with a limit of 80mph, the company claims it’ll eventually offer it to regular customers. The company says its Endurance is capable of over 250-miles per charge, can tow over 7,500 lbs, and gets power from a 109-kWh battery pack capable of delivering nearly 600 horsepower.
This electric truck has seen several delays since the initial announcement and the $1,000 deposit system opened up, but you can learn more about it here. As of right now, it’s on track for an early 2023 release.
Ram 1500 EV
Although it won’t be coming to the market in 2022, the Ram 1500 EV is another fascinating EV truck that’ll get unveiled later this year. We don’t know too much about it yet, considering its release isn’t scheduled until 2024, but the concept images from Ram sure look great.
The company claims the 1500 EV will offer a range of around 500-miles per charge, can tow over 10,000 lbs, and offer typical fast charging speeds and autonomous driving features. With a 2024 arrival, Ram will have plenty of time to learn from Rivian, Ford, and Chevrolet before dropping its full-size EV truck. Being late to the game could end up paying off, too.
Ram first shared its electric truck plans in July of 2021, and in April released two more teaser images that’ll get RAM fans excited, but that’s about it. And while the company surprisingly mentioned it’ll offer a mid-size electric truck too (similar to the Dodge Dakota), that’s all we know right now.
Toyota Tacoma EV
Last but not least, we have to mention the Toyota Tacoma-looking EV pickup. At the end of 2021, Toyota debuted a slew of new, upcoming, and prototype vehicles and announced plans to produce over 15 electric vehicle models by 2025.
One of the most exciting vehicles from the announcement is the truck shown above. And while Toyota didn’t call it a “Tacoma EV” and instead just mentioned an EV Pickup Truck, it’s clear we’re looking at what’s likely the next-generation Toyota Tacoma EV. Toyota’s concept electric pickup truck looks like a slightly larger Tacoma with subtle changes similar to the new 2022 Tundra.
And while we don’t have any further information on Toyota’s EV truck at this time, we can expect to learn more throughout the year. It’ll need to be a compelling truck that can rival the Rivian R1T or notch in slightly below the bigger F-150 Lightning. Either way, Toyota fans need to remain patient, as it’ll be here eventually.
More electric trucks are on the way, but these are the earliest or most important releases for the United States. Fans and enthusiasts could also check out the Bollinger B2, Atlis XT, or the odd Canoo Pickup.
Things like mileage ratings, towing, offroad capabilities, and how the battery and electric system handle all those scenarios will be essential for an electric truck. Sure the F-150 Lightning can go 300-miles per charge with some weight in the cargo bed, but what happens when you’re towing a trailer or boat behind it? Then what type of driving distance is possible? Recent reports show the Rivian R1T lost over 60% of its driving range while towing. It’s also smaller than a full-size F-150 Lightning, so we’ll have to wait and see.
If there’s one thing we do know, it’s that the next few years are going to be very exciting for truck owners and electric vehicles overall. As more information becomes available for these pickup trucks or new ones get announced, we’ll update this guide with all the details.